The Tuesdays had a nice post-holiday meeting yesterday, with everyone contented from time with family and friends. Stacie was back from her out of town travels for her MFA work. We missed Melody, who was helping to run the book fair at her son’s school.
Faran had a great rewrite of a chapter in his novel about the struggles of two high school boys that plays out alongside their favorite sport of baseball. Faran really tightened up the chapter. He was able to bring out a lot of emotion in his characters with a scene on the pitcher’s mound.
Cathy is working on a rewrite of her novel about a girl in the circus. Cathy is meticulously reworking her plot and reduced it to a synopsis to submit at an upcoming conference. This helped her get a better idea of the plot’s overall flow. Cathy wanted to compact her synopsis so that it was only one page. Faran had a great suggestion to “sell the sizzle, not the steak.” He suggested keeping the juiciest parts to make it easy for an agent to read.
I brought in a chapter I had reworked. We usually read our work out loud to the group since it brings a different dimension than just seeing it on the page. I made copies of my chapter because I had included a lot of italics and wanted to see how that all played out. Cathy offered to read so that I could get a different perspective. Hearing the chapter definitely helped me catch places where the pace slowed as well as phrases and word choices that needed to change.
Stacie is working on a new novel with two point of view characters. She’s is working out their voices in first person and third person. Stacie’s writing is always very fluid. It’s interesting to see how she’s incorporating the knowledge she’s gained from her MFA classes.
Our anchor, Jonathan, did not disappoint with the hilarity of his current story. The only critique was a question about where an object fell when thrown into the back seat of a car. That was all we could find to critique in his entire read.
I can’t wait for next Tuesday!